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Registration for the Fall 2019 semester begins June 25.  Watch your email for more details.
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Faculty: Child, Family & Community Studies
Credits: 60.0
Length: Four semesters
Campuses: Coquitlam
Credential: Diploma
Learning Format: Full-time, Part-time
Offered: Fall, Winter
program overview
To receive a Behaviour Intervention Specialty designation with the Classroom and Community Support Diploma, students must complete specific courses and practicums in addition to those required for the basic diploma.
curriculum framework

Graduation Requirements:

  • Successful completion of 60 credits
  • 25% (15 credits) of all coursework must be completed at Douglas College for students using transfer credit from other institutions, and/or have successfully challenged courses through PLAR
  • Students are required to submit a copy of a current First Aid with CPR Certificate. The course may be Standard or Emergency First Aid, with the training consisting of a minimum of 8 hours. The CPR must include training for both adult and child

* It is recommended that diploma students complete their English Language requirement in their first semester, or before the start of their third semester.

Course Requirements:

Course Number Course Title Credits
Year 1
CFCS 1130 Change and Development: Lifespan 3.00
DACS 1140 Introduction to Practice 3.00
DACS 1150 Teaching and Learning: Foundations 3.00
DACS 1170 Characteristics of Exceptionalities 3.00
DACS 1250 Teaching and Learning: Universal Design for Learning 3.00
DACS 1256 Teaching and Learning: Introduction to Communication and Behaviour 3.00
DACS 1270 Perspectives on Disability 1.50
DACS 1280 Foundations of Family Support 3.00
DACS 1240 Practicum 1 4.50
* Select one course from the following 4 options:    
CMNS 1110 Workplace Writing for Child, Family and Community Studies 3.00
CMNS 1115 Practical Writing 3.00
ENGL 1130 Academic Writing 3.00
UT English Course Any UT English course with a grade of C- 3.00
Total Credits   30.00
Year 2
DACS 2320* Working with Others 3.00
DACS 2356 Teaching and Learning: Supporting Communication and Behaviour 3.00
DACS 2370 Personal Assistance 1.50
DACS 2380 Person Centred Planning and Community Building 3.00
DACS 2340 Practicum 2 4.50
DACS 2421 Supports for Children and Youth with Disabilities 3.00
DACS 2431 Contemporary Practice in Adult Supports 3.00
DACS 2420 Personal and Professional Leadership 3.00
DACS 1241** Behaviour Intervention Practicum 3.00
DACS 3430 Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Across the Lifespan 3.00
Total Credits   30.00
Total Credits for Credential 60.00

DACS 1240, DACS 2340 and DACS 1241 may be taken up to a maximum of two times.

* CMNS 1216 or CMNS 1217 may be used as a substitution for (CCSD 1220 or DACS 2320)

CFCS 2410 may be used as a substitution for (CCSD 2431 or DACS 2431) for students who have taken CFCS 2410 prior to Fall 2015.

Students who were admitted to the program prior to Fall 2018:

career transfer pathways
Career Opportunities   

Ninety-five percent of Classroom and Community Support (CCS) Program graduates find work within two months of graduation. They choose from a variety of opportunities: school districts hire graduates as special education assistants; community living agencies and micro-boards offer employment in respite support, life skills, day programs, residential settings, family homes and supported employment programs; and post-secondary institutions employ graduates as instructional facilitators. Students who earn the Behaviour Intervention Specialty with their diploma can also work as Behaviour Interventionists in all these settings.   

Further Education   

The CCS Diploma Program block-transfers into several university degree programs:   
Bachelor of Professional Arts in Human Service - Athabasca University    
Bachelor of Community Rehabilitation - University of Calgary    
Bachelor of Arts in Child an Youth Care - Douglas College, University of Victoria, Vancouver Island University, University of the Fraser Valley     
Bachelor of Adult Education - University of the Fraser Valley   
Bachelor of Disability Studies - Ryerson University

Transferring from Other Programs    

The Classroom and Community Support Program encourages applications from graduates of other Community Support Worker and Special Education Teacher's Assistant certificate programs into our diploma semester (4th semester). Graduates of the Behaviour Intervention Certificate program, once accepted into the CCS Diploma Program, will receive 13.5 transfer credits.
admission requirements Preferential Admissions
Admission to programs within the Faculty of Child, Family and Community Studies is contingent upon availability of seats and applicant ranking as determined by a process of selective admission evaluation. To be considered for a seat in the program, applicants must meet all admission criteria. The selective admission process uses a structured format to evaluate all applicants in relation to the admission criteria established for the program. Following this review, applicants are ranked according to the degree to which they have met the admission criteria and their demonstration of communication skills, motivation to enter the program and knowledge of the demands of the profession. 
NOTE: Applicants are advised to meet all admission criteria as early as possible to demonstrate preparedness and motivation for obtaining a seat in the program.
program cost

You can get an average cost for your program - tuition and student fees, books, uniforms, lab fees etc - on the Program Cost page. 

Only programs approved for student loan funding are listed on the Program Cost page. For all other programs, refer to the Tuition Fee page.

curriculum guidelines

Program Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this program and do not see a listing for the starting semester/year of the program, consider the previous version as the applicable version.